Edgar Allan Poe House

Edgar Allan Poe House 

The Baltimore house where it is believed that Edgar Allen Poe lived in the early 1830s is open to the public. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays from May 24-December 28, 2014 from 11:00am-4:00pm. New exhibits detailing Poe’s life and death, as well as several artifacts, including his portable writing desk and chair, and his stepfather’s telescope, will be displayed. Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for seniors, active military with ID and students (ages 13-21) with ID; children under age 12 are free if accompanied by an adult. The Poe House is located 203 N. Amity St. More details at www.Poe.Baltimore.org.

Poe was a famous writer of horror and creator of the modern detective story. He lived in Baltimore, launched his career here and also is buried here. A few of his best known works are The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum.

(Data from www.Poe.Baltimore.org and www.wikipedia.org; photo by C.T. Tallman)

 

 


Also, Thriller-writer Steve Berry will be the featured speaker at a fundraising event to help preserve the Poe House and celebrate its May 24

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 reopening. The fund-raising event will be held on May 22

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 at 7:00pm at the B&O Railroad Museum at 901 W Pratt St (doors open at 6:45pm and there is free parking). All proceeds will go to Poe Baltimore, Inc. and the Edgar Allan Poe House. Copies of Berry’s latest novel, “The Lincoln Myth” also will be available.  Tickets are available at $15 for adults and $5 for students with ID through www.Poe.Baltimore.org.

Poe was a famous writer of horror and creator of the modern detective story. He lived in Baltimore on and off on many occasions and launched his career here. In 1845, Poe published his poem, The Raven, to instant success although he received little money for it. In 1849 he died a mysterious death at a Baltimore hospital and is buried here. All medical records, including his death certificate, are lost so the actual cause of death remains a mystery. Some of his other famous poems are Annabel Lee and The Bells, and other well-known stories are The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart.

 (Note: Steve & Elizabeth Berry’s foundation, History Matters, has raised over $750,000 to help save many endangered historic treasures, including the Poe House. Baltimore City no longer provides funds for the House so Poe Baltimore, Inc. now assumes full responsibility for operating and obtaining funding for the House.) (Data is from www.Poe.Baltimore.org and www.wikipedia.org.)